Applications for the next Lincoln-based course close Sunday, 14th November 2021

Who is this
Programme for? 

The Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme is for individuals who are passionate about developing themselves and contributing to their community and industry. We particularly encourage applications from farmers/producers/growers as well as people involved in the wider agribusiness sector. 

Every course combination includes farmers, growers, producers as well as agribusiness representatives, so that exchanges in front and behind the farm gate occur.

The  Programme is for individuals who have:

  • Passion and motivation to be leaders of change – in their industry, community or business
  • Self-knowledge and self-awareness and who understand their strengths and how to maximise their strengths while leading others
  • Critical thinking and analysis approach – apply critical analysis to what they read, hear and promote
  • Design thinking application – looking at problems and solutions in a different way
  • Appreciation of different perspectives – an understanding of different challenges faced behind and in front of the farm gate

And who aspire to:

  • Understand themselves and their leadership style, strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn how to better lead teams
  • Learn more about leadership in the wider agri-food sector
  • Take on leadership roles in their community or industry sector
  • Build industry wide networks and friendships (developed through the course)
  • Gain an understanding of political advocacy (and how to influence decision making)
  • Grow their knowledge in the Agri-food sector – across sector understanding and appreciation of similarities and differences


The Kellogg Application process is a merit based selection process. When completing your application we ask that you show examples of how you have stepped forward in leadership roles outside of your work.  This shows that you’re prepared to put yourself forward for leadership opportunities.

We also like to know what your aspirations and intentions are and how you want to change and influence, or what you want to transform into in the future.

We recommend you have an idea before of your research topic before you start the programme.  We also recommend that you succinctly put that idea into a one page document and send to us before the programme commences.

Note: we highly recommend that you are passionate about your topic as you’ll be doing a lot of reading, research and design thinking around your topic. This makes the process much easier and enjoyable.

We recommend a commitment from you of around 300 – 400 hours to complete your research topic. It also helps if you start working on your report right at the beginning of the programme. The best way is to set aside an hour a night so you don’t have to cram at the last minute. So do a little bit often.  It also helps to take some time away from your priorities now and again to review your research.  You will have access to our Academic Director who will assist you in the report writing process.

The length of your report will be 20,000 words (+diagrams and appendix) – which is around 25 pages.

The programme is delivered over six months in three phases.

Phase 1 – Residential phase at Lincoln University over nine days which provides you with a toolbox of learning skills – for example:

  • Presentation skills, leadership skills, critical and design thinking and research skills.
  • Break out meetings to discuss your project topic with the Academic Director
  • A team building day
  • Sector overview and strategic insights on governance, Maori agriculture, Rural communities,
  • Panel discussions with Kellogg Alumni
  • Networking function

You will also break into smaller cohorts where you’ll have the opportunity to bounce ideas around, and form strong bonds and networks with a smaller group.

During phase 1 and phase 2 there will be a series of Zoom calls so that you can check in with your cohort on your progress.

Phase 2   – Is held in Wellington over 5 days where you’ll gain insight into the following:

  • The Political environment
  • How to influence decision making
  • The role of NGOs
  • Lobbying
  • How to prepare a submission
  • How legislation is created and how to get involved
  • You’ll meet with MPs and the Minister
  • Visit Parliament to experience question time
  • Visits with sector leaders, industry leaders, Govt chairs

There is also a networking function in Wellington – that you can invite someone along to attend.

Phase 3 – Residential phase at Lincoln University which is currently held over 4 days but we will be going to 5 days for the next programme.  During Phase 3:

  • Students present their individual reports to the group which are followed by Q&A sessions
  • A springboard discussion – where you’ll discuss what you’ll do next with your leadership aspirations and prepare your development plan
  • Graduation is on the last day of Phase 3 where you’ll be awarded with your Kellogg Graduation certificate

Note:  We ask participants to submit their reports 3 weeks prior to phase 3 commencing

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